Month: August 2014

Treating Rumination in Young Adults May Prevent Episodes of Depression

By Fran Kritz A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago finds that young adults with a past history of mental illness have “hyper-connected” emotional and cognitive networks in their brains. Researchers say the networks may “talk to each other a little too much,” and result in rumination, a risk factor for depression. The researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in

Speaking Up for Unseen Survivors

Terra Slavin first walked into a domestic violence shelter when she was 16. In some ways, she never left.

She was there as a volunteer, but she had no idea at the time that the experience would help determine her calling.

Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

By Alisha Wyman A proposed ballot measure facing voters this fall would give the state the authority to deny health insurance rate increases, a change some consumer groups say is long overdue but that opponents warn could impede Californians’ access to insurance coverage. Proposition 45, slated for the Nov. 4 ballot, appears simple. It would expand a law that allows the California Department of Insurance

Poverty Status in Childhood Can Affect Impulsiveness and Decision Making Later in Life

By Fran Kritz Growing up poor can influence a person’s sense of control and result in decision making that is impulsive, as well as tendencies to give up on certain tasks or decisions that require more measured thought, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. “We found that adults who grew up poor were more inclined to consider difficult and uncertain living conditions as

Childhood Poverty Affects Longterm Health

About twenty young children sat on the brightly colored carpet as a man with long dreadlocks slid a large conga drum in front of him. It was “circle time” at Lotus Bloom’s Room to Bloom program, a drop-in parent-child playgroup in East Oakland.

Get Tested Hits the Streets During HIV Awareness Month

By Suzanne Potter

The sun-drenched Palm Springs area is a hotspot for the virus that causes AIDS. The prevalence of HIV in the Coachella Valley is twice the national average. Yet it is estimated that 50-70 percent of residents have never been tested for HIV and don’t know their status.

Medi-Cal Complaint Office Hasn’t Produced Quarterly Report in Nearly a Year, Despite Huge Increase in Cases

By Hannah Guzik Despite having a huge increase in cases, the state office that handles complaints about health plans for low-income people hasn’t produced a quarterly report in nearly a year. The quarterly reports help officials identify large-scale problems affecting people enrolled in the health program, called Medi-Cal. The Managed Care Ombudsman Office typically produces a report every three months that shows the number and

Native Americans Ancestry May Pose Significant Eye Disease Risk for Latinos with Diabetes

By Fran Kritz A new study by researchers with the University of Southern California (USC) Eye Institute has found that Latinos with Native American ancestry who have type 2 diabetes have a significant risk of diabetic retinopathy – the leading cause of blindness in U.S. adults. Diabetic retinopathy affects more than more than 4 million Americans age 40 and older. The disease occurs when blood vessels

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